Spotlight: Ian Farlow

Ian Farlow.jpgThere are many sources of information about Lightroom out there on the web. Official sites from Adobe, sites dedicated to Lightroom (such as this one), sites where Lightroom is one of many areas covered, and numerous forums where Lightroom users can gather. But there is only one place that Lightroom enthusiasts can truly call home - Lightroom Forums.

This is the friendliest and most helpful group of Lightroom users to be found anywhere. Educational discussions, a free exchange of information, an atmosphere where new members can feel comfortable to ask any question. No snarkyness here! If you click on our forum link above you will see that you are introduced to Lightroom Forums! No sense reinventing the wheel!Ian Farlow is the founder and guiding influence behind the forums. A great supporter of the community he works tirelessly to make the forums the great place it is. So how did Ian decide to start this phenomenon? Here's what he had to say...

My interest in photography started in high school, and that's when I bought my first camera: a Minolta X700. I hung on to that camera for quite a while. I eventually moved into a Nikon D100 to try my hand a digital photography.

When I entered the Marine Corps in 1993, I had gotten rid of the D100, and ended up replacing it with an N90. I shot thousands upon thousands of photos on film while I was in, but unfortunately I had no concept of archiving, so I have no idea where they are these days. I kept the N90 for quite some time, but ended up replacing it with a D200. From here, the list goes on as I was searching for what I considered the right camera. All the while, I still didn't quite have the hang of archiving, but it became more and more important as I was now solidly locked in the digital photography craze.

So, I started using iView Multimedia's MediaPro on the PC. I was happy enough with it, especially since I didn't know any better. I picked up a copy of Peter Krogh's book The DAM Book and read it from front to back. After doing that, my ideas about archiving became more fine-tuned, and I was on the hunt for software that I thought would be more suitable to the ideas that I had about archiving and processing my photography. Apple had already released Aperture 1 at this point in the story, but I was still on a PC. I used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and was hoping that the company that I considered the premier photographer's tool maker would make something in-line with Aperture.

Then the beta of Lightroom hit the streets and I dove in. I loved it and, honestly, hated it at the same time. It didn't take long, however, to see that Adobe was very committed to the product, and so when the full version was released, I bought in. Fast forward to today, and while I have since moved to a Mac Pro, I still use Lightroom as I find it more satisfies my ideas about archiving and processing better than Aperture does.

But take a step or two back for a minute. While I was happily using Lightroom, I was discouraged to find a lack of online community support that offered an environment that I wanted to be a part of. As a result, Lightroom Forums was born. I never intended for it to replace other online communities, but rather provide a calm, controlled, friendly environment in which other Lightroom enthusiasts could engage in conversations with a common goal: to help each other get the most out of Lightroom.

So, back to the present, Lightroom Forums is still going strong, and I should take a moment to tip my hat to those that offer their time and energy into making Lightroom Forums what it is today. I may have started Lightroom Forums, but it is what it is because of the incredible community that has decided to call my place home.

Thanks, Ian, for your great contribution to the Lightroom Community!